FREDERICK — Skyline’s head girls soccer coach Luis Chavez wasn’t overly impressed with his team’s play against Frederick on Wednesday. He’ll still take the win.
In a Tri-Valley League contest, the Falcons won a less-than-perfect affair 1-0 over the Warriors. It wasn’t their best game but it was good enough to push their conference win streak to five games.
“It’s been great. We’ve played some great soccer,” Chavez said. “But today was a little sloppy, sketchy, sluggish and a little slow. I love to win but it’s like I told them after the game, I would rather they win and play up to their potential.”
The Falcons (6-2-1, 6-1) are currently second in the Tri-Valley League behind Windsor (7-2, 7-0). In their four previous Tri-Valley League games, all wins, the Falcons were averaging 4.75 goals per game while allowing 1.25.
Though they struggled to produce good attacking chances throughout Wednesday’s game, the Falcons had a brilliant moment early on.
In the 13th minute, the Falcons advanced the ball down the left side and played it back into the 18-yard box. Sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Sullivan collected the ball and dropped it for senior Haley Balentine, who fired from the right corner for the game’s only goal.
“That was one of the only times that we got it up the field well in the first half,” Balentine said. “They did a great job of bringing it up and getting it to the middle. After that, it was just up to me to get a foot on it. We’re just getting more comfortable and we’ve been doing really well.”
On the play, Balentine, who returned against Berthoud on Monday after missing the past four games with a concussion, notched her second goal of the season. She scored against Berthoud and also assisted on the only goal during a 1-0 win over the Warriors in both teams’ season opener on March 6.
Defensively, the Falcons got their third shutout victory behind senior goalkeeper Rebecca Kissinger, who was forced to make just three saves on Wednesday. The Falcons have allowed just nine goals in nine games.
Sullivan said the Falcons will need to be at their best when they face the league-leading Windsor Wizards at Skyline High School on Monday.
“We know what we can do as a team. We just need to act and do it,” Sullivan said. “Lately, we’ve been doing OK but we need to pick it up again. We’re getting back and Windsor on Monday is a big one. We really need to play to feet, play as a team and communicate, and just tighten up everything. If we do that, we’ll be good.”
Despite the loss, head coach Chad Eisentrager said the Warriors (3-5-1, 2-4-1) played their best 80 minutes of soccer against the Falcons. In fact, they nearly came away with a tie or possibly a win.
A near miss on a corner kick in the 65th minute ignited the Warriors to go on the attack in the final 15 minutes. But each time the Warriors created a promising chance, they failed to get a solid strike on the ball.
“I was actually really pleased with the girls’ effort and performance today,” Eisentrager said. “It was just a matter of it being tough to break down Rebecca (Kissinger), she’s a really good goalie and they had one great shot on goal. Other than that, I’m pleased with the effort, just not the result.”
Eisentrager said the fourth-place Warriors likely won’t be able to catch the Falcons or Wizards in the conference standings. So, they’re turning their attention to trying to leapfrog Mead (6-3, 4-2) for third.
The Warriors will face the Mead Mavericks at Mead High School on Monday.
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Skyline 1, Frederick 0
At Frederick H.S.
Skyline (6-2-1, 6-1) 1 0 — 1
Frederick (3-5-1, 2-4-1) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Skyline: Haley Balentine (Kaitlyn Sullivan), 13th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Skyline: Rebecca Kissinger (80-0-3); Frederick: Shyanna Neu (80-1-6).